7.30.2015

SHOP UPDATE // NEW ITEMS AND CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE

There have been some super fun things going on over in my shop lately and some fun things in the works. I wanted to make sure to tell you!! I wouldn't want you to miss out on all the fun! Are you ready? There are quite a few announcements...

First of all... have you seen the new dream catchers?! They seriously are my absolute favorite and I'm beyond excited about them. Currently there are three sizes available, mini, small, and large. The mini size is super adorable at 3" in diameter and perfect for a car rear view mirror (if you're into that sort of thing) or to hang by a little one's bed to help ward off bad dreams. The small is the perfect in between size to add to a feature wall or wall collage at 4" in diameter. The large is an incredible statement piece that seriously is gorgeous all on its own at 8" in diameter and almost 24" in length. It by far comes with the most details and handmade pieces. All the dream catchers are made completely by hand, all one of a kind, and full of intricate loving details from hand-cut leather feathers to handmade tassels, driftwood, and unique feathers. 


Best part of the dream catchers though? Not only are there some ready to ship pieces available in the shop, BUT there are also a number of custom listings where YOU specify the colors included. We chat about the details you're looking for, and I make something completely unique and special to you and your space. If you want something totally one of a kind and unique... this is totally the way to go!!


Now with all this talk about dream catchers, you might be asking yourself, what about serape scarves?! Never fear my friends, inventory is lower right now which I am aware BUT they are not disappearing forever. The styles available now will only be around for a couple weeks and then they will be retired making room for BRAND NEW STYLES come September!! So if you've been eyeing a particular style... don't wait too long! I'm tinkering with the idea of listing a few one of kind and limited edition styles next week, so watch for the announcement for that!

Have you seen the sale over on Instagram?? I know right?! So many announcements... CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE happening right now in the shop. Use the code JULY20 for 20% off the entire shop (including all the new dream catchers and custom dream catchers!!!) Take advantage my friends, it's the last sale before I close up for the new baby and the new fall line drops.


As for maternity leave... I'm sitting at almost 36 weeks and will be closing up shop for a couple weeks when the baby comes. Right now I'm planning on closing shop to catch up on orders August 21st. When things open back up, we will open with a bang and an whole new fall scarf line up so watch out!!! I'm super excited! 

My gosh you guys totally rock and as always I can't even begin to express my gratitude for all the support! This shop wouldn't be what it is without you!!!

7.17.2015

BUMP UPDATE // 34 WEEKS

I think it's about time for a little bump update what do you think?? Last time was in the blissful second trimester when things were all sunshine and daises. I'll be honest though, since getting over the morning sickness, physically I really do have it pretty easy. I shouldn't complain. Emotionally is probably another story completely but you'd have to ask my husband about that one. I'm pretty sure I've been a completely witch lately. I don't know if I can blame the pregnancy, heat, or two little kids running around at my feet all the time though. Either way, there are only six weeks until my due date and I'm suddenly feeling like things are getting kind of real around here.

week 27 // 28 // 29 

But I think today let's talk about a few random thoughts I'm hoping I'm not the only pregnant lady to have thought during their third trimester. Are you ready to seriously get into my mind here? Hope I don't scare you off... promise pregnancy is a beautiful, amazing, life changing, incredible miracle I wouldn't give up for anything. With that said... there are a few things that kind of throw you off a bit... (like the fact that I've worn the same pair of pants three days in a row, and actually took them off in front of the washer to be cleaned, because I can't find another pair that is as comfy!)


 week 31 // 32 // 33 // 34


Some nights as I lay in my bed, propped up with a gazillion pillows because laying completely flat is ridiculously painful, and watch baby girl kick around I'm pretty convinced there is actually a small alien with gigantic boney parts trying to break free from the constraints of my stomach. A few times I've been slightly surprised she hasn't come ripping through my belly button. My gosh, she hits and kicks with such force, I didn't think one so small could cause so much pain.


Sciatic nerve pain is real. Like seriously, ridiculously real. Don't let anyone EVER tell you anything different. There is almost nothing like waking up in the morning, slowly trying to roll yourself out of bed, only to find your sciatic nerve is hurting so badly you can't barely walk to the bathroom to pee. (Which you seriously have to do because baby girl suddenly started playing soccer with your bladder.) BUT there is some relief my friends!! If you're ever having problems during pregnancy with it, try sitting in a chair where your knees are aligned with your hips (you don't want them lower or higher) lift the leg on the side where the pain is and rest your ankle on your knee then slightly press down on your knee opening your pelvic area up into a slight stretch. Honestly I don't understand why it works, but I know it feels amazing for me afterwards. (I take no responsibility for whether or not it will work for you or any liability for any harm that might happen!! Not that I think anything will just saying basically, I'm not a doctor or midwife and only know that it helps me!)

There haven't been any new or unusual cravings with this baby girl compared to my last babies. Feeling like I could live on cherry Slurpees and watermelon with a couple things of McDonald's fries thrown in there every once in awhile.

I've officially reached the point in my pregnancy where baby girl is putting so much pressure on my bladder I can't honestly and truely tell if I have to pee or if she's just pushing down. So basically it feels like I have to pee all the time. Allllllll the time....... it's pretty awesome. Between that and pretty much not fitting into anything (I usually try 3-4 shirts on each day to find one that covers my belly), it's pretty fun.

This summer heat is pretty rough on a pregnant body. I've discovered that if I don't drink enough water I get pretty light headed. I mean it's already hard to stand or sit for that matter for long periods of time. Doing it though in the heat without enough water is killer. So word to the wise... drink a crap ton of water!

Now that I've officially freaked you out... let's talk for a second about how absolutely adorable my children are with the idea of their new little sister. Christopher tells almost any and everyone he meets that he is going to have a new little sister and she is in momma's belly right now. He will randomly come up, kiss my belly, and ask what baby sister is doing. Mikah is equally adorable in fact and likes to rub her baby sister and ask if she is awake. She always wants to know where she is so she can feel the little (or rather large) movements. Basically having little children who kind of understand the whole baby thing is kind of the best!!

So there you have it... my honest thoughts these days... anyone else out there pregnant with me having any random thoughts? We should join together and form a club or something...







7.16.2015

A LITTLE GIRLS BIG GIRL ROOM PART 1 // SAVI BELLS BEDROOM

After working on my nephew's bedroom, I couldn't help but put something together for their adorable little sister who is transitioning from a nursery to a big girl room. She's the cutest and spunkiest little girl who deserves a fun, bright, cheery, exciting room to match her big personality. It needs to be something she can grow with while still feeling young but sophisticated enough to feel like it fits the rest of the home.

We aren't starting with as much selected as we did with her brother's space, so I'm relying more heavily on some great inspiration photos and a color scheme my sister in law sent me to get exactly what is wanted. I'm super excited about the direction though... spunky, fun, bright, and girly... with no pastels. We want to keep this colorful and exciting while giving my sister in law the perfect space for her little girl. So here's the direction I'm headed with some fabulous inspiration photos and a few super fun pieces to get things going in the space...

What do you think? Can you see it yet? (Check out more inspiration photos HERE.)

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7.14.2015

TIME TO GET READY // BLANKETS FOR BABY GIRL

I've been thinking about the reality of having a new baby around lately. It's happening, whether I'm ready or not, so I might as well start getting things ready for this little girl to join us right?

I'm pretty sure the nesting bug hit full force yesterday when I decided to clean out the master closet on a whim because I was so tired of tripping over all the clothes and shoes on the floor. But then again, I'm usually a crazy organizing, rearranging, redesigning kind of lady anyway so really I never know. I do think though I've accepted this baby though because the desire to start collecting goodies for her has hit hard!

Lately I've been thinking about blankets, you know that special little blanket that will go everywhere with her right at first. My children both still sleep with theirs. Thankfully they haven't become overly attached, but in our house, it stays in bedrooms and isn't allowed to leave the house. 

Anyway, let's not get into the ins and outs of having a security blanket, let's just talk about how fabulously "girl" but not overly "girly" these blankets are! Trying to decide on one is going to be rough. That vintage kantha on is KILLING me! (I've been crushing on the idea of a kantha baby quilt for years.) Part of me though wants to make baby girl a little blanket... I've been wanting to make a serape baby blanket for years. This sounds like the perfect opportunity don't you think?


7.13.2015

WHEN LIFE CHANGES YOUR PLAN

The past few months I've learned that life has it's own plans for us and the best thing we can do is jump on board and make the most of it. Between pregnancy, being sick, and life with two small children there really isn't much more you can do; planning only gets you so far. The past month has shown me that in a bigger way then I expected. 

I had plans for the past month... plans for my business, my blog, launching a design services business, getting my house ready for a new baby. But life had different plans so here I am, weeks later exactly where I was a few months ago, starting all over. But isn't that the glorious-ness of this crazy life? Our Heavenly Father knows what's best for us, He is there for us no matter what jumps in our path. His plan is the best plan.

So the reality of this self motivating pep talk? A few weeks ago, just days after returning from a three week trip to California, I got a phone call from my dad. My grandfather wasn't doing well. He's been battling cancer for quite a while now and the ups and downs have been constant but this time I could hear in my Dad's voice was different. This was a down that wasn't going to come back. He asked if there was any way we could come be with the family. It looked pretty bleak as I hung up the phone and cried. But through some miraculous efforts from my parents and my amazing in-laws the kids and I were on a flight less than 48 hours later for New Jersey. We had no return flights and didn't know how long we would be gone, but we were going and gosh I'm glad we did.


We arrived late Saturday night and we were able to spend two days with family before my poppop passed away. While it was a hard, stressful, anxious two days... I'm glad we were there. The next week was a whirlwind of preparations and arrangements and Jonathan surprised me by joining us the day before the funeral (bless his heart! He knew I needed him!)


I learned a lot about service that week... how amazing and giving people can be. It made me realize that if there is one thing I want to be considered in this life it is giving. I want to be someone people can count on, always willing to give of my talents and time. There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone who needs it.

After all the formalities were over, we were thankfully able to spend another week with our family, just enjoying our time together and doing some fun things before returning home. I'm so ridiculously grateful for that time though... my children loved spending time with their Gramme and Pop, cousins, and Nani and Grandpop. With a new baby coming, we aren't quite sure when we will be able to get back there so now that I'm all settled back home I can't help but think what a blessing the trip was and how grateful I am for those who made it possible. Family truly is the most important thing in this life, they really are everything.


6.09.2015

ALL MY FAVORITE RUGS

Rugs... the perfect start to a space. They are the seriously the easiest way to start designing a space... a good rug can have an entire space put together around it. They're like artwork for the floor, and gosh there are some gorgeous ones out there. I've rounded up a few of my favorites these days and I won't lie, part of me wants to put them all in the same space together, layered and thrown about. Wouldn't that just be the most gorgeous collection of color, pattern, and texture?! I can see it now...... in my basement. It would be perfect. Think I could convince the husband we need them all?

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Want to hear more about my obsession and philosophy with rugs HERE... because didn't you know I have a philosophy on just about everything?

6.08.2015

FINALLY HOME

Well after an extended trip to visit family in California, we are officially home. We drove all weekend and somehow made it home after what seems like stopping at practically every McDonalds and truck stop along the way to let one or both children go to the bathroom (oh the joys of road trips with little ones in underwear...) We had an absolutely wonderful visit with cousins, had a blast enjoying the gorgeous weather, and the cousins all had such a wonderful time together. It really was sad to leave. Hanging with my sister in law everyday was a blast, I don't know who I'm going to talk to all day now. I really am so incredibly blessed to have a family that will not only welcome us in for two weeks but not be cursing us as we leave (well at least not to our faces haha.) I am so grateful for such a wonderful relationship... I do miss having family close.

I won't lie though, my bed missed me. I'm ready to get settled in and to only get ready for this baby to come but get some things going around here I've been contemplating for awhile. Watch this week for some super fun news and some super fun plans in the works around the house!



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